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Clamato. Photo: DidierGauducheau.com

Clamato. Photo: DidierGauducheau.com

Address 80 rue de Charonne; 75011 Paris
by rue Sant-Bernard and Basfroi
Neighbourhood 11th Arrondissement – Bastille | See on map
Metro Charonne [M9], Ledru-Rollin [M8]
Telephone +33 1 43 72 74 53
Website https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clamato/201496866701895
Price EUR 30-50
Hours Wed-Fri 19-23:30. Sat-Sun 12-23:30

If it was hard scoring a table at Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat’s Septime, it hasn’t become any easier since its inclusion on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. Chances are somewhat better here at Clamato, the duo’s seafood eatery next door, as long as you show up early, outside traditional meal times, or happy to take a stool by the counter – no reservations are taken.

Like its related neighbour, Clamato is casual without compromising on either service or food ambition. Staff is friendly, yet professional and competent, and the daily-changing menu reads like a cornucopia of small-plate wonders of the sea. Oysters may be the star attraction but with shellfish from clams and mussels to scallops and sea urchins, and several fish dishes, hot, cold and raw, there’s no lack of choice.

And although clamato juice (clam and tomato juice, duh) isn’t on the drinks list (do expect a Bloody Caesar soon), you won’t go thirsty either. In addition to an expertly curated selection of wines (as at Septime, mostly of the natural and bio-dynamic sort), beers and ciders, there are a few no-nonsense cocktails, too.

The place attracts more of a foodie audience than, say, the oyster-loving hipster crowd at Le Mary Celeste, but still trendier than your average oyster bar lot. To make a night of it, head into Septime Cave around the corner on rue Basfroi for another glass of vino, or venture over to the nearby Le Badaboum (at the former Scène Bastille) for something livelier.